Review: Heroscape

Oct 09, 2017

My Absolute Favorite!

Heroscape is my absolute favorite board game of all time. Before I get too far into telling you why, I should mention that it has been discontinued. That’s the bad news, the good news is it is still available to those who are determined enough to play this incredible game. There is also a very strong fan base that continually supports it with new player-supplied content. Although ideal for two players, you can play with multiple players. With more than two you can play free-for-all but I recommend teams.

Why Does it Rock?

It is easy to teach and a blast to play. The game remains my favorite because it encompasses and masters so many of my favorite genres, styles, and mechanics:

  • High quality pre-painted miniatures in a myriad of themes; aliens, mechs, fantasy, old west, ninja and martial arts, mythology, civil war, military soldiers, D&D, and the list goes on.
  • Very approachable yet strategic miniature battling system.
  • Detailed 3D plastic hexagonal terrain pieces that stack to create amazing battlefields (loosely think Legos)
  • Other high quality 3D terrain elements; roads, bridges, castle walls, castle gates, plants, trees, water, ice, lava, ice and rock formations, etc.
  • Supportive and active fan base like no other!

Game Play

What a blast. You and your opponent build equal point armies from a ton of available miniatures. Then you build a “board” out of the various 3D components. You can build the terrain from pre-designed templates or build it using your own creativity and imagination. Then the two of you battle to the end! You can play any win scenario of your choosing; last player standing, most points iafter a set amount of turns, achieve objectives e.g. capture the flag, hold a territory, etc.

The rulebooks describe a basic and a master version of the game. I recommend only playing the master version as it is far more balanced and entertaining. Although ideal for two players, you can play with multiple players. With more than two you can play free-for-all but I recommend teams.

Replayability

The staggering amount of material alone is enough to keep you playing for eternity. You and your opponent build equal point armies from a ton of available miniatures. Then you build a “board” out of the various 3D components. You can build the terrain from pre-designed templates or build it using your own creativity and imagination. Then the two of you battle to the end! You can play any win scenario of your choosing; last player standing, most points after a set amount of turns, achieve objectives e.g. capture the flag, hold a territory, etc.

You can also use the materials for other games. For example, I use the miniatures for D&D and Pathfinder. I also use the terrain to build final boss fights for my D&D games as well.

Resources

Although Hasbro failed millions of loyal customers by discontinuing the game, it is still played everywhere. The game components can be found on the Internet, garage sales, Craig’s list, etc. You really only need the terrain tiles as fans have made army cards for just about any miniatures out there; Heroclix superheroes being a favorite. Heroscapers.com is the best resource for all things Heroscape, I highly recommend visiting as you will find; custom units, predesigned battlefields, and even lore.

I recommend everyone try and play at least one game, I bet you get hooked! Let Hasbro know they need to bring this back!

Heroscape is played using pre-painted miniature figures on a board made from interlocking plastic hexagonal tiles that allow for construction of a large variety of 3D playing boards. It was originally manufactured by Milton Bradley Company, and later by Wizards of the Coast, both subsidiaries of Hasbro, Inc., and discontinued by Hasbro in November 2010. The game has very high quality game components, in particular the pre-painted miniature figures as well as its interchangeable and variable landscape system.

Categories: Miniature battle | Number of Players: 2 - (2-4 optimal) | Age: 8+ | Playing Time: +/- 90 minutes
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